HOUSTON (KXAN) — Three Houston police officers were shot Thursday, and after an hours-long SWAT standoff with the suspect, police say he’s now in custody.
NBC sister station KPRC says the Houston Police Department reports the suspect walked out of the home he was barricaded in with his hands up around 7:45 p.m. He had a gunshot wound to the neck, and it’s not known whether he was hit by an officer or if it was self-inflicted. The suspect was taken to the hospital.
Earlier in the day, Andy Kahan with Houston Crime Stoppers wrote in a tweet the suspect was wanted for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and unlawfully carrying a weapon with a felony conviction.
While KPRC 2 said Houston PD didn’t name the suspect, sources tell the news outlet the suspect is 31-year-old Roland Caballero, who is wanted for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and unlawfully carrying of a weapon with a felony conviction.
Police tweeted around 3:30 p.m. it started in the 2100 block of McGowen Street, which is east of Midtown and Interstate 69. NBC sister station KPRC said officers may have been chasing the suspect before the shooting.
Caballero reportedly left the scene of the shooting in a white Mercedes.
The officers were taken to the Memorial Hermann hospital. During a press conference Thursday evening, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the officers were shot in the foot, arm and leg, but all were in “good spirits.” Houston PD released their names Thursday night on Twitter:
- Ofc. N. Gadson, 35, four years of service
- Ofc. D. Hayden, 32, three years of service
- Ofc. A. Alvarez, 28, two years of service
Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement about the shooting Thursday night:
“The state of Texas grieves at the news of yet another violent attack on our law enforcement officers, this time on three members of the Houston Police Department who were shot this afternoon while serving their community. Violence against the police will never be tolerated in the Lone Star State. The State of Texas will ensure that the City of Houston and the Houston Police Department have the resources and support they need to ensure swift justice for the perpetrator. Please join Cecilia and me in praying for the officers who were shot and injured, as well as for the safety of all law enforcement who serve and protect our communities across the state.”
According to KPRC, the suspect was seen firing at officers in a neighborhood near businesses. Officials had responded to a home disturbance before the shooting. Officers said the suspect had an automatic weapon and was barricaded inside of a home.
Houston Police said Caballero had fired multiple shots at SWAT officers from a home near Lockwood Drive and Farmer Street, but no officers were hit.
A hostage negotiation team was on the scene.